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Lidove noviny - Carmen, opera review, July 2010

Lidové noviny, 2.7.2010, Helena Havlíková

Only One of Three Carmen Productions Scores.

The one coming from Olomouc is the best. The Olomouc production of Carmen, staged there by Michael Tarant, is dynamic and pulsating, making the best of Jaroslav Milfajt´s sets which lay out the stage action vertically, on several levels structured as galleries describing a circle which alternately opens up, closes, and rotates. At Olomouc, Michael Tarant has refined his staging style virtually up to a point of perfection, using the logic of the plot in devising a witty, indeed unorthodox concept. The Olomouc company´s Carmen – young and hugely talented Barbora Polášková – has the looks of a charming ingenue, a cuddly kitten, yet one that can set her claws into action full well if things don´t happen to go her way. This was an approach to Carmen which went finely with her flexible, technically assured and well balanced voice that can just do easily without a volume ready to bring the theatre´s walls down.  

 

Opera Plus - Carmen at Moravian Theatre Olomouc, opera review, June 2010

Review of the opera performance Carmen at Moravian Theatre Olomouc, Opera Plus, 15th of June 2010.

At the public dress rehearsal on Thursday, Carmen was created by Barbora Polášková. Opera-lovers will surely find the name a surprise, as the part of Carmen actually represents the launching pad for this young lady´s solo career in opera! And to be sure, she has my sincere admiration, for she stood up to the occasion in a truly admirable manner, showing equal assurance on the planes of stage movement, acting, and singing. I would attribute certain minor vocal flaws detectable towards the opera´s finale in part to her lack of experience, and also to the discomfort of having to sing so early in the day, in a tropical heat. I do hope that we will yet hear a good deal about her in the future, and that this Carmen will become the first role in what is to be an impressive gallery.

 

MF Dnes - Temptress Carmen, Moravian Theatre Olomouc, June 2010

Article about the opera Carmen at Moravian Theatre Olomouc, Mlada Fronta DNES, 9th of June 2010.

Visiting mezzo-soprano Barbora Polášková, from the next season a new member of the Olomouc company, managed to learn the demanding part within a mere five days. “The French language was an enormous asset, as I had studied it. Therefore I´d say that to me it was very much like learning a role in Czech,” the singer noted.

 

Prague Symphony Orchestra - concert review, April 2010

Review of the concert with Prague Symphony Orchestra, 25th of April 2010.

Mezzo-soprano Barbora Polášková scored instantly, with the opening Habanera by Georges Bizet, which she tackled with the utmost assurance, vivacity and temperament, displaying a voice range thanks to which she disproved the oft repeated argument about the Smetana Hall posing an insurmountable challenge to singers.

Read more: Prague Symphony Orchestra - concert review, April 2010

 

Barbora Polášková - interview, FOKus, April 2010

When did you decide to be a professional singer?

I guess I didn´t make any decision; rather, it was singing that made the choice for me. My fairy godmothers endowed me with a good voice, and the rest has been a natural process, sort of. You have to work a lot, and to have just a little bit of luck too, but essentially I believe it´s a matter of being predestined for something, and then it´s all up to you how you handle your gift. To be more up to the point, though, I started to sing at the age of six, in the children´s choir Radost Praha, where my love of music gradually deepened. Eventually, it came to feel only natural for me to wish to become a solo singer, and therefore, to go to study at the conservatory, which I duly did, and whence I graduated a few years back.

Read more: Barbora Polášková - interview, FOKus, April 2010

 

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